The 39th racket of the world, American Venus Williams, beat Belarusian Belarus Victoria Azarenko in three sets, occupying the 51st line of the WTA rating, with a score of 6/3, 1/6, 6/3 at the start of the tournament in Auckland. The match lasted 2 hours and 11 minutes. During this time, the 38-year-old Williams completed two aces, never made a mistake when serving and sold five break points, and the 29-year-old Azarenka filed nine times, made seven double mistakes and made five breaks. Earlier in personal meetings was 4: 2 in favor of the American. In the second round of the ASB Classic competition, Venus will cross the rackets with American Lauren Davies.